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Comment: Re:The whine of the flyback transformer (Score 1) 790

by leathered (#48787053) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

I disagree. The problem is that there is there is no LCD monitor that does everything competently. $1500+ professional color-accurate monitors may be good for photoshop but are lousy for anything with moving images.

Want a good LCD for gaming? There are TN panels that will refresh at 144Hz with fast response times. The tradeoff is very poor color reproduction and narrow viewing angles.

An IPS panel will give better colors and viewing angles at the expense of low refresh (few go over 60Hz), and 'IPS glow' is a real problem with them.

Then there is the panel lottery you have to play when you buy them. Many vendors and manufacturers have a threshold for the number of dead/stuck pixels that are deemed acceptable. Backlight bleed and uniformity can vary widely between different monitors of the same make and model.

CRTs had issues with their bulk, limited size and power consumption but LCD have introduced a whole world of new problems.

Perhaps our only hope is more affordable and reliable OLED displays.

Comment: Re:The whine of the flyback transformer (Score 5, Interesting) 790

by leathered (#48784659) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

I'm using a CRT monitor right now, a 21" IBM P275 with a Trinitron tube. Right now I'm enjoying near perfect color reproduction, blacks that are actually black, zero input lag, no ghosting, nothing that resembles backlight bleed and no stuck/dead pixels. Haven't noticed flyback whine for years but that's probably down to my age. LCD is still inferior to CRT in many ways and you have to wonder what CRTs we would have today if development had continued. LCD has also taken a step backwards recently with the introduction of LED backlights, they make for thinner panels and lower power consumption but uniformity of many recent panels is really poor.

Having said that, my CRT will probably have to go this year, most probably late in the spring when the heat the thing generates is no longer welcome. My desk is also sagging from the weight of it sitting there for nine years.

Comment: Ofcom (Score 5, Informative) 57

If Ofcom really want to help ham radio operators they could do more to ban or restrict power network adapters and the multitude of other gadgets that leak QRM all over the airwaves.

Bring back the Radiocommunications Agency. Ofcom is a behemoth that has its fingers in too many pies to be an effective regulator.

Comment: Re:So 1024 Bits Not Enough Now? (Score 1) 67

by leathered (#47838421) Attached to: Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted

I was thinking the same, and I'm no expert in cryptography. After all distributed.net have spent 12 years trying to brute-force a 72-bit key and have only managed to test 3% of the total keys. 2^1024 is such a mind-bogglingly large number the entire world's computers couldn't crack it in a billion lifetimes.

Anyway, wiki to the rescue:

As of 2003 RSA Security claims that 1024-bit RSA keys are equivalent in strength to 80-bit symmetric keys, 2048-bit RSA keys to 112-bit symmetric keys and 3072-bit RSA keys to 128-bit symmetric keys. RSA claims that 1024-bit keys are likely to become crackable some time between 2006 and 2010 and that 2048-bit keys are sufficient until 2030. An RSA key length of 3072 bits should be used if security is required beyond 2030.[6] NIST key management guidelines further suggest that 15360-bit RSA keys are equivalent in strength to 256-bit symmetric keys.

Comment: Re:The future could be all in the fabs (Score 3, Informative) 111

by leathered (#46327269) Attached to: The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

Not really, what matters most is cost, and at that ARM wins hands down. Most ARM chips cost less than $5, with some selling for pennies. Intel enjoys 60%+ margins on everything it sells and they will experience a lot of pain giving them up.

The only way Intel can compete is if they sell their mobile chips at or below cost. Oh wait, they already are.

+ - Fatwa forbids Muslims from traveling to Mars-> 2

Submitted by PolygamousRanchKid
PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "The Khaleej Times of Dubai reports that a fatwa committee has forbidden Muslims from taking a one-way trip to the Red Planet. At the moment, there is no technology available that would allow for a return trip from Mars, so it is truly a one-way ticket for the colonists, who may also become reality TV stars in the process. The committee of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment in the United Arab Emirates that issued the fatwa against such a journey doesn't have anything against space exploration,Elon Musk's Mars visions, or anything like that. Rather, the religious leaders argue that making the trip would be tantamount to committing suicide, which all religions tend to frown upon.

Professor Farooq Hamada, who presided over the committee, explained, "Protecting life against all possible dangers and keeping it safe is an issue agreed upon by all religions and is clearly stipulated in verse 4/29 of the Holy Quran: Do not kill yourselves or one another. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful." Hundreds of Saudis and other Arabs have applied to Mars One, and the committee suspects some may be interested in the trip "for escaping punishment or standing before Almighty Allah for judgment," according to the Khaleej Times.

The committee stood firm in its belief that this approach would be a waste of time and one very long trip: "This is an absolutely baseless and unacceptable belief because not even an atom falls outside the purview of Allah, the Creator of everything.""

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